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Today's News

  • Levy students turn out to test their knowledge

    The Tri-County Land Judging contest, hosted this year by Levy Soil and Water Conservation District, brought more than 50 FFA students together Friday to test their knowledge of soil and land characteristics.

    All Levy County middle and high schools were represented, as well as several teams from Bell in Gilchrist County. Dixie County was unable to attend this year.  

  • Prescribed fire helps natural areas, residents

    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson is promoting the awareness of prescribed fire’s vital role in maintaining the health of state  forests and other natural areas, as well as protecting the safety of the residents and visitors.

  • Farm Credit video pays homage to rural life

    Farm Credit pays homage to rural America with a country rap video. That’s right, a country rap video. Word.

    The video showcases the mad creative skills, courage (one guy attempts a back flip on his motorcycle), and dedication of folks who entered the first-ever “Keepin’ It Rural Video Contest.” Contest co-sponsor Farm Credit of North Florida has awarded cash prizes totaling $6,000.

  • Welcome back, coach

     To build for its football team’s future, Chiefland High School turned to its past.

    Jim O’Neal was selected as the Indians’ football coach last Thursday, the same coach that led Chiefland to a 2A state championship in 1997.

    “It feels great to be coming back home and working with the community once again,” O’Neal said by phone last Friday.

  • Softball: Indians’ thump rival Dixie County

    Whatever changes Chiefland High School’s varsity softball team are making, they’re working.

    The Indians’ 10-2 win against Dixie County proved it last Friday night. Amber Richardson dominated on the mound for Chiefland, giving up only one hit and striking out six in her complete game and improving her record to 3-0.

    The rivalry began with both teams at 6-1 this season. Chiefland’s offense made quick work of the Bears, cementing the team’s place as one of District 2A-5’s elite.

  • Baseball: Wasson, Indians batter St. Francis

    Big defensive stops, strong pitching performances and a pesky offense were enough for Chiefland High School’s varsity baseball team to put away St. Francis 11-3 last Friday night.

    Clenton Wasson battered the Wolves, finishing 4-for-5 at the plate with a double, triple and RBI.

    The centerfielder also threw out a St. Francis runner at home to stop a potential rally. Chiefland coach Kyle Parnell considered it the play of the game.

  • Census Bureau hiring locally

    The Census Bureau is now accepting applications locally for temporary positions to begin in the spring of 2010.      Most people will be hired as Census Takers and are paid weekly.  Each will receive paid training, excellent hourly wage and substantial mileage reimbursement.  The hours are flexible, offering both part and full time positions for up to eight weeks of employment, right here in your own neighborhood.

    Applications are being accepted. 

  • Judge to be “invested” Friday

    A formal investiture for newly appointed Levy County Judge James T. “Tim” Browning will be held Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Courtroom A at the Levy County Courthouse.

    The public is welcome to attend the ceremony and the reception that follows in the cafetorium at Hilltop Alternative School behind the courthouse.

    The ceremony, which dates back to feudal times, is a formal ceremony where the judge takes an oath to uphold the U.S. and Florida constitutions and the laws of the state.

  • Decision tabled for fear of setting precedent

    City commissioners decided by consensus on their Feb. 22  meeting to once again table a decision on whether or not the city should help the county collect emergency management service impact fees.

    The fees, an issue first brought before the commission at its meeting on Feb. 8, were adopted by the county in 2008 and would allow the city to keep 2 percent of the fees it helps the county collect from the issuance of building permits within the city.

  • A little more country

    Imagine the roads of the tri-county area. Think about the folks you know. The small towns.

    Set these images to music and you will find them floating through the notes of Easton Corbin’s title song on his new album, “I’m a Little More Country Than That.”

    Those are the roots that run through the album, on the Mercury label,  released on Tuesday.

    For folks in the tri-county area, there can be some pride as Corbin’s roots run deep in the area.